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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,382
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 679
Gots: 1,562 | FT: 143
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

RViator325, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

salinasa, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a four pack of this on my recent excursion to the Wisconsin wonderland.

Poured a very dark nearly black body with a light tan head with some lacing

Nose is different. At first I would have called it pond water. As the beer sat out, it brought forward a sweet malty aroma. Vanilla also comes into the mix.

Taste and mouth feel were the two carrying factors for this beer. I enjoyed the sweetness and malt up front. As the beer goes down the throat it has a rather bitter finish. Also noticed some caramel and very little spice. Overall, this was quite nice. One of the best Scotch ales I have had. This one was way heavy not wee heavy due to alcohol. I don't think they are usually this strong!

daledeee, Nov 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

KAF, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a red hue. Light head graces the top of the beer. Some small bubbles slowly rise to the surface of the beer. Seems to have light to moderate carbonation. Nice ring of lacing around the glass.

Two things really stand out to me when I smell this beer, big malt and big hits of bourbon. The oak makes its way in there too, contributing obviously oak and some vanilla. Malt is very sweet smelling , with some light aromas of dark fruits.

This is a sipper for sure. Pretty boozy. Right up front I get hit with bourbon and oak. The malt comes in to provide some balance with the alcohol, but doesn't cover it up enough. Fairly sweet malt that reminds me of chewy caramel. Finishes with a healthy dose of warming alcohol. If there are other flavors, they are covered up by the bourbon and oak.

Low carbonation and medium to full body.

Enhances with warming up, bourbon mellows out a little bit. I enjoy bourbon aged beers, but they're not my favorite. I can tell which ones are quality and this is one. Will be anxious to see how this beer drinks with some age on it.

ahq514, Nov 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

hannydawg, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, murky brown in color like some skanky swamp water. Not much of a head, just some thin off-white bubbly murk. Very little spotty lacing. The look of this brew is very befitting the name.

S - As soon as I poured this brew, I could smell bourbon just pouring from it! Serious bourbon. I haven't smelled a beer this Bourbonny in my beer drinking experience. There are also some sweetish caramel notes and it seems like you can almost smell the oak.

T & M - Very boozy tasting...the bourbon is a huge component in this one. You can certainly pick up the oak notes and that same sort of caramel malt touch in it, but the bourbon is center stage in this production. Seems maybe a bit lacking in body, a bit thin. What it lacks in body is made up in smoothness though. This is a silky smooth bourbon brew that ends with that alcoholic snap at the end.

D - If you like bourbon barrel brews, you'll fall in love with this as soon as you pry the cap off the bottle. You do have to appreciate bourbon to be able to drink more than one in a sitting though. All in all, Founders did not let me down here. This is a very solid brew and well worth the try.

drizzam, Dec 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

beertardis, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a rather small, fleeting, off-white head.

Smell: A sturdy, sweet-scented caramel maltiness with a hint of maple. Oh, and with a rich, distinct bourbon barrel aroma, but you already knew that, right?

Taste: Sweet, sugary caramel maltiness with an added dose of maple syrup. Small touch of fruit. Full, punchy bourbon barrel tastes of vanilla and toasted oak wood. Light tannic astringency. Earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Pleasingly sweet, bourbony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, it's quite good. Potent, sure, but good! If ever anyone has some extra bottles of Backwoods Bastard they're looking to get rid of count me in.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

TCaldwell, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Thecasehead, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy mahogany with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like sweet nutty malt with lots of bourbon and oak, along with some rich caramel and a bit of copper. It tasted like lots of bourbon and oak, with some sweet caramel and nutty malt and cooking vanilla and maple syrup, and a bit of bready yeast. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very powerful beer loaded with bourbon and oak. Nicely done flavor and good body, but it was a bit much to drink freely so I was happier sipping. Age might help tame this beast. In the end, I enjoyed this beer, but it seemed more like a variation on Dirty Bastard, rather than a true improvement.

Pencible, Dec 01, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Dag48, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

BeerForMuscle, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

ZinFanDave, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

DrStiffington, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Paul3371, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

mythaeus, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

mattparsons, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Cubatobaco, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Zaximus, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

MaximumYuks, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Dtrain4, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

TARDIS, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown head on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settle quickly to a thin layer and leaves moderate lace.

S - Sweet caramel malt that blends with, and becomes indistinguishable from, bourbon barrel aromas of oak, coconut, cherries, and booze. Lots of burnt sugar notes with a little bit of pine sap character.

T - Strong, thick malt up front with toffee, caramel, and brown sugar notes. The bourbon character comes in fast and hard with a lot of spicy alcohol notes and more complex, dark sugars. The finish is spicy and alcoholic with a strong, phenolic smoke note that brings out a lot of the woody, boozy, harshness of the bourbon. Lingering notes of smoke, char, brown sugar, and pine sap stick to the back of the tongue.

M - Moderately thick body, low carbonation, and an only slightly sweet finish with some alcoholic warmth working its way down my throat to settle in the pit of my stomach.

D - I expected something big, round, sweet, and bourbon like, but what I got is something far leaner and meaner than one would expect from a scotch ale. There is a lot of phenolic smoke character in this beer, either from abused yeast or from peat, and it does some strange things when it meets the bourbon. The phenolics seem to bring out a lot of the boozy and astringent qualities of the whiskey that are usually not present in barrel aged beers; combine this with the relative dryness of this brew, and the fact that it is not at all shy about its 10% abv, and you have a weirdly convincing bourbon beer. I'm still not quite sure what I think about this one. It has managed to capture a lot of the harsher qualities of distilled spirits that I prefer not to see in a beer; on the other hand, I have to respect the fact that they have brewed what I can only regard as the liquid equivalent of the grizzled, scotch-irish mountain man that graces the label of the bottle. This is quite a unique beer, and while I won't be rushing out to buy another one, I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to try it.

nickfl, Dec 08, 2009
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,382 ratings.